Bali is closer than we think.
The Washington Times reported last week that anti-terror agencies are concerned about the presence of Hezbollah in Canada. America's northern neighbor, they believe, is a "stronghold" for the Islamic terrorist group that is responsible for more than 300 American deaths, including the 1983 attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut.
Unbelievably, Hezbollah is not banned in Canada. The Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien refuses to proscribe this murderous organization because it does social work among Lebanon's poor and has representatives in that country's legislative assembly.
As a result of this disgraceful piece of Liberal generosity, Hezbollah has been able to use Canadian territory for ten years to recruit, launder money, raise funds, forge documents and purchase military-related equipment for use in attacks on Israel. It has also built up a network of agents across the country. Mohammed Hussein Al-Husseini, a Hezbollah member, told Canadian security officials: "Hezbollah has members in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto - all of Canada." Altogether, Hezbollah has worked hard turning Canada into a Lebanon North.
Moreover, one of these Canada-based agents, Fauzi Ayub, was arrested by Israeli authorities after being sent to the West Bank to engineer attacks against their country. Two others, wanted for terrorist acts committed elsewhere, were hiding out in Canada. One has since been charged in connection with the 1993 Saudi Arabia bombing that killed 19 Americans.
But it gets worse - if that is possible.
A US Senate committee hearing recently revealed that one of the world's most wanted terrorists, Imad Mugniyah, is in charge of Hezbollah's Vancouver cell. Mugniyah has planned terrorist attacks worldwide the past two decades and currently has a $25 million dollar reward on his head for the 1985 hijacking of an airliner that left one American dead. He is also suspected of having a hand in the Marine barracks attack as well as in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina.
Another indication of how highly Hezbollah's leaders value their Canadian operation is that money raised from a Hezbollah cigarette-smuggling ring in North Carolina was sent to Canada. Moreover, an important Hezbollah agent, Mohammad Dbouk, was sent from Lebanon to run the Vancouver cell. According to the Senate committee, Dbouk was so highly regarded by Hezbollah that his
application to become a "martyr" was rejected five times.
Remind me to send my congratulations.
But the fact that Canadians had a potential sucide bomber running around loose inside their country before he fled back to Lebanon doesn't bother anyone in Ottawa. But what can one expect from a Prime Minister who denied after 9/11 that there were any terrorist organizations operating in Canada despite his own secret service having warned him to the contrary? As well, Hezbollah's ten-year growth in Canada has coincided almost exactly with Chretien's tenure in office.
No, the Canadian, anti- American crowd is more concerned with American-held Canadian terrorists, such as Mohammed Mansour Jabarah whose "rights", it believes, were violated when he voluntarily walked across the Canadian border into American custody. Jabarah, incidentally, was planning to blow up four western embassies in Southeast Asia when apprehended and is now suspected of having helped in the Bali bombing.
As well, the professional America-haters also do not like how the US is treating Toronto-born terrorist, Omar Khadr. Khadr killed an American medic in a firefight in Afghanistan last July and is now interned in Guantanamo Bay where he belongs. But Canadian lib-leftists are upset with America (when aren't they?) because Khadr is only seventeen and therefore believe the little darling should be treated as a juvenile - in other words, with kid gloves.
But while the Canadian government was against Khadr's transfer to Cuba, he shouldn't give up hope, if Chretien's track record is anything to go by.
When the Canadian Prime Minister was in Pakistan in 1996, in an unusual intervention, he got Khadr's father, Egyptian-Canadian Ahmed Khadr, released from arrest there. The elder Khadr was suspected of having financed the 1995 Egyptian embassy bombing in Islamabad that killed 17 people. Chrétien, to
appease Canadian Muslim groups whose votes he didn't want to lose, got Khadr released without charges. He is now wanted for his al-Qaeda connections.
And for the record, none of the members of Vancouver's Hezbollah cell have been charged in Canada. American attempts to extradite one cell member ended in frustration, prompting a couple of Senate hearing participants to remark that it's hard to extradite from Lebanon - and from Canada too.